Public health teaching
Public health teaching at BSMS plays a pivotal role in equipping future doctors with a comprehensive understanding of population health and disease prevention. It is taught as a vertical theme in the 5-year BM BS programme and is led by Professor Anjum Memon, Discipline Lead in Epidemiology and Public Health Medicine. The curriculum is aligned to GMC “Outcomes for Graduates” and Faculty of Public Health curriculum guide for undergraduate medical education, and includes core topics (in epidemiology, research methods, health promotion and disease prevention) and integrated multidisciplinary teaching within other specialties (e.g., general practice, infectious diseases, paediatrics, oncology, ObGyn).
Students are exposed to a range of teaching methods, including lectures, case studies, practical exercises, and community-based learning. They develop essential knowledge and skills to critically analyse health data, identify determinants of health, and design research to address public health issues. Through our collaborative teaching with public health colleagues in the Brighton and Hove City Council and East and West Sussex County councils, students are exposed to real-world public health data and issues. Our curriculum fosters a holistic approach to healthcare that not only emphasises individual patient care but also addresses the wider social, environmental, and systemic factors that influence health and wellbeing at the societal levels.